We were talking last night in one of the general chatter channels about characters and how it is that we end up “sticking” with them. One of the newer members of our group mentioned that he wasn’t really sure what we meant – rolling a character was mostly (for him) about the race/class combination.
It’s different for me – as I’m sure you’ve noticed if you’ve been reading here very long.
Annata is not the first rogue I’ve rolled. She’s not even the first /human/ rogue I’ve rolled. But she’s the first one that I’ve managed to connect with on a character level. (The other four are long since deleted)
Awhile back, Shad, a fellow RPer from the general Riders Conglomerate, wrote a really excellent guest post for me on Character Cookies.
(You should go read it, I’ll wait!)
For me, rolling a new character always involves a “cookie” concept. It’s the “what would happen” question that always initiates a new character. What would happen to a hunter who really had always wanted to be a druid? What would happen to a Dwarven rogue who’d raised all her brothers after her mom died? What would happen to a Gnome who grew up in Westfall and loved horses?
The “cookie” question is what gets a character into the game – but it’s not what gives them staying power, at least for me. Very rarely can I play a character for more than 15-20 levels without having a decent RP concept for them. (Two notable exceptions: Aely, who didn’t get her personality until she was around level 75, and Annylais, who is level 70 and only just now got her RP concept.) I simply get bored or disinterested in who they are, and so I stall out, stop leveling, and never get them anywhere. A few months later, in a fit of new-character-startitis, they get deleted.
It’s a cycle that I’ve repeated many times. The Dwarven rogue who raised her brothers turned out to be a boring, moralizing busybody and was, ultimately, so mind bendingly uninteresting to RP that she never really made it past 25, and that’s after I’d spent quite a lot of gold on her Engineering skills. This is a sad failure on my part, as I’ve always wanted to play a Dwarf consistently. Right now my hope lies with Anrietta, an older Dwarven lady and hunter, but I’ve not had a lot of inspiration with her either. She’s unlikely to get deleted, as she functions outside of my own character RP story things (she’s also part of the TRI raid banking conglomerate), but I hardly play her.
Maybe someday, right?
Anyhow – I can’t put my finger on exactly what it is that makes a character “click” for me.
It’s obviously some combination of Race/Class, but it’s also personality and history and story, who they are and how they react, little quirks, and all the oddities that show up during RP. I found out the other day that Annata spends a small amount of gold every week on manicures, but would never paint her nails. Those little details are what keep me coming back to a character, and what eventually will save them from the scrap heap.
What is it for you? Do you roll with just a Race/Class combo, or even just a specific Class? Or do you, like me, need there to be “more” to the Character?
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